Online manual/Installation

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eXe can be installed on Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS X, and Linux systems. To begin installation, download the appropriate package from our home page .

Windows Installation

For Windows, we offer two formats. The exe-install-xxx.exe file is an executable installer that installs exe files directly onto your PC hard drive in the standard way.

  • Note: Because eXe stores some path names in its configuration file, we recommend always using the same installation directory for eXe (like `C:\Program Files\eXe\`) as you upgrade from one version to the next.

Where access rights for installing applications is restricted or you are simply borrowing a PC and don't want to do a complete installation the exe-ready2run-xxx.exe file can be downloaded onto an external memory device like memory stick or CD-ROM and run directly from that device. No installation is required. It expands its required files into the temporary directory and runs from there.

To install to PC

  1. Save the executable file from the eXe home page onto your desktop.
  2. Double click the eXe installer file. This will launch the eXe Setup Wizard. Click Next.
  3. The installer will install eXe into a folder called C:\Program Files\eXe\ . Click Next to accept this default location.
  4. The installer will now install eXe.
  5. Close the Setup Wizard.

Mac OS X Installation

To install eXe, simply drag the application to your Applications folder.

Linux Installation

eXe binaries are available for Fedora 7 and later, and Ubuntu Linux distributions. These install an exe executable into `/usr/bin` and also add eXe to the standard Accessory menu.

(The RPMs may work on other distributions, but it has not been tested. It may be more productive to rebuild eXe from source, perhaps using the included exe.spec file with a command like `rpmbuild -tb exe-x.x.x.x-source.tgz`)

The Fedora RPM can be used to install eXe on OpenSuse, see:

eXe currently works with Firefox 2.x and 3.0. You can set the browserPath= in the ~/.exe/exe.conf file to point to a specific Firefox to launch for the user interface when eXe starts.

Source installation

There are some instructions on the eXe Wiki on how to use Subversion to check out the eXe source code: Source Control. The background information on building eXe from source is also available on the wiki.

Starting eXe


To start the eXe, double-click the eXe icon that should have appeared on your desktop after installation. If you don't have an eXe icon on your desktop you will need to find the application's icon in your Windows Start menu under Programs. You should probably maximise the eXe window to utilise all the space you have available to work in.

Mac OS

To start eXe click on the eXe icon.


Type exe from the command line. This will launch Firefox running eXe.